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Dr Margaret Greenfields BA (Hons); MA; MSc; LPC; DipDTH; PGCHE; PhD

Professional experience

Director of the Institute of Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (2010-present)

Reader in Social Policy  2010-2013

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy Buckinghamshire New University (2004-2010)

Thomas Coram Research Unit (University of London) Research Associate (2002-2004 p/t)

Family  Rights Group – Policy Officer (2002-2004 p/t)

Previously, Trainee Solicitor in a Law Centre;  Legal policy officer for various charities;  and Research Assistant on projects at the  Universities of Bath, Manchester and London

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of Open Society (Soros Foundation) Expert Consultancy Team – Roma Early Childhood Programme

Research Associate Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS)

Full Member European Academic Network on Romani Studies

Scholarly interests

Social inclusion of Gypsies and Travellers and other excluded minority communities


Faith Based Social Justice


Health Literacy


Excluded minority communities; ethnicity; poverty; gender and intersectionality; Gypsies and Travellers (health, accommodation and social inclusion); alternative family structures and social care interventions; community health and health literacy;social policy; diaspora studies.

Selected publications

Smith D & Greenfields, M (2012) Housed Gypsies and Travellers in the UK: Work, Exclusion and Adaptation in a Post-Industrial Economy Race and Class (53)3 pp48-65  

Kenedy, R.,  Greenfields, M., Sharmani P G & Rollins, J. eds. (forthcoming 2012)  Diaspora and Spaces Between  Freeland, Inter-disciplinary Press [Book]

Greenfields M & Smith D (forthcoming 2012)  Gypsies and Travellers in housing: The decline of nomadism Bristol: Policy Press [Book]

D’Angelo, A., Greenfields, M., Howard, E.,  Kofman E. & Tilki, M. (2011) Inequalities and Multiple Discrimination in Access to Healthcare:  National Background Report UK [part of a six country study on behalf of the Fundamental Rights Agency, EU - full report to be published Summer 2012]

Greenfields, M; Dalrymple, R; Fanning, A.  eds. (2011)  Working with Adults at Risk of Harm Buckingham: Open University Press [Book]

Greenfields, M & Smith, D (2010) "Housed Gypsy/Travellers, Social Segregation and the Recreation of Communities" Housing Studies  25: 3, 397- 412

Cemlyn S, Greenfields M, Burnett, S, Matthews, Z & Whitwell, C (2009) Review of inequalities experienced by Gypsy and Traveller communities London, Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), available at:

Greenfields M & Home R (2008) Women Travellers and the paradox of the settled nomad, In:  Feminist Perspectives on Land Law, Lim, H. & Bottomley, A. (eds.), Routledge-Cavendish, Abingdon

Greenfields M & Statham J (2004) Support foster care:  developing a short-break service for Children in Need, Understanding Children's Social Care Needs Series, Institute of Education/Department for Education & Skills, No. 8